While the news of Jim Tressel's resignation as football coach at Ohio State caught most media members and OSU football fans by surprise on this holiday Monday morning, it seems the players were equally blindsided to lose their leader. Thanks to Twitter (and some of these Buckeyes tweet quite a bit), we were able to round up their reactions from the time the news broke through the early parts of the afternoon.
Perhaps the reaction of junior defensive back Travis Howard summed things up best, from a little before 10 a.m. on Monday.
(Mind you, Howard's tweets ran the full gamut on Monday morning, from the weather to tanning to the temperature of his house to honoring those who served on Memorial day to what kind of phone he used. At least initially, it appears he was shocked to hear that Ohio State's football coach had resigned. However, as of 2 p.m. ET, that was more than 50 tweets ago.)
Center Michael Brewster, a starter on the offensive line getting ready to enter his senior season, voiced support for his former coach and thanked him for the "life lessons."
Coach Tressel was one of the most honorable men I ever had the chance of being around..he taught me endless life lessons...Thank you coach
The other most common reaction from Ohio State football players was "look out for us next season." Losing their leaders has evidently given the Buckeyes something to rally around heading into the 2012 season, which they'll start with an interim coach and without quarterback Terrelle Pryor and a handful of other players for the first five games.
So much love for coach tress. Promise no team wanna play us .#onamission
And more from Jordan Hall, a rising junior at running back and a former high school teammate of Pryor's:
I'm lovin all these negative tweets I'm gettin..keep feedin us..cuz we all gon eattt #buckeyes
Akron? Toledo? You've been warned.